Ideas for Using Video Tools

The Library Journal article by Michelle Jeske, "Tapping into Media: Take Your Online Presence to the Next Level with Audio and Video" features some great ideas for using video in the library. Examples cited are provided in a convenient list at the end of the article.

Introduce New Titles
Check out this video from Redwood Middle School introducing new titles in the library media center:

Video BookTalks
Naomi Bates of Northwest High School (TX) uses a variety of tools to introduce her students to books through digital booktalks. Here's one she created in Animoto and introduced on her blog.


Teresa Schauer created a group on TeacherTube for sharing video booktalks or book trailers. Here's one created by Rockett6 for the Black Duck.

Check out this presentation from a library media specialist at Archer Lodge Middle School in NC. She created it using statistics from last year and used it for orientation this year. She reports her audience applauded! She embedded the show on her library media center webpage as share with teachers, parents, administrators, and the public! GREAT!

Tour the Library
Brock Elementary School Library used a slideshow converted to video on YouTube to provide a tour of the library media center for students, teachers, parents, and the world!

A Florida school library media specialist produced this video on Higher Order Thinking skills (HOTs) to introduce teachers to a collaborative wiki for sharing HOTs ideas in different subject areas in her middle school.

More! See 150 Online Video Tools and Resources from Mashable.

From Peter Scott's Library Blog:

100 Awesome YouTube Vids for Librarians
"Librarians should no longer be thought of as fuddy duddy types with long dusty cardigans or pince-nez dangling around their necks. These days, public librarians and academic librarians are on the cutting edge, dedicated to bringing their resources and their patrons into the 21st century with technology. Librarians are also bloggers, IT professionals, database managers, technology mavens; and these YouTube videos and tutorials are just for them. Watch these vodcasts and recordings to learn about new library tools, interesting literacy campaigns and outreach programs, and even hysterical videos about library stereotypes that are circulating on the Internet"

Among my favorites:

So many....

What are your favorite YouTube, TeacherTube or AnyTube videos about libraries???
List them here with links:
This is a great video about proper book care and what students can do to keep their library books safe, by Melissa Traynom. Often times, students check out library books and aren't aware of the things that they can do to keep the books safe and how to make sure that the books are properly taken care of. I am a huge fan of teacher tube, because it is a safe way to share videos and a lot of the time, sites like youtube are blocked in public schools.

Traymon also has a really interesting video that would be helpful to librarians and students who don't understand what skills are needed to check out a library book.I think that this would be a really great video for students in elementary school, because it really zones in on skills that students who use the library need to have.

Don't miss Professor Michael Wesch's "An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube" - presented at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008.

A new format? Read the book AND watch the movie:

Other Video Tools

Http:// Upload and share creative videos

BubblePly lets you add speech bubbles, annotations and urls to any online video. Share with a new URL or embed code.

Embedr lets you build video playlists and post them on your website, wiki or blog with a player.

Online TechTips offers a tutorial on how to start and end a YouTube video at points you determine.

Is YouTube blocked in your school or district? Joyce Valenza offers 8 ways around it!

From the iLearnTechnology blog: Time Tube is an awesome website for our You Tube addicted students. It is essentially a cross between a time line and You Tube. Students can type in a historical (or any) event and Time Tube will create a time line of related videos (the time line is based on when the video was added not on historical relevance). You have to see it to truly appreciate the cool factor of this tool. Your technology native students will “get” this site right away.

Tufts University offers SAM Animation, an animation tool for young people. SAM Animation is a (downloadable) software platform that allows the user to make stop-action movies using a USB or fire-wire real-time (i.e. web camera or webcam) and whatever props the user desires. The software is both Mac and PC compatible and free to all users willing to register. See their gallery of animations.

SlideShare lets you add YouTube videos to the Powerpoint presentations you upload and share or embed. You can also add links or annotations to your YouTube videos with this tutorial.

Top 5 Essential Video Converters You Shouldn't Miss

Splicd allows you to edit a portion from a YouTube video and provides you with a link to share it.

DVolver I'm not sure if this should go under video or drawing tools....but it is a site that helps you create your own animated movie. You pick the background, sky, characters, write the dialogue, select the graphics. Different! " Learn English (ESL/EFL) with videos from YouTube, Google Video,, and other video hosting websites." Create quizzes based on videos (tour here) or view those others have created. Lesson plans and more. Note: This is designed for ESL students, but certainly can be used by all students and teachers.

BubbleComment Record video and audio comments about any webpage and give users a URL to access your comments.
You can use it to give feedback to students on their web, wiki or blog creations; point out features on your school library media website; send a personal recommendation of a site to a student, teacher or administrator.

Photojojo offers an idea for using video to create a flip book of photos and some ideas for using them. The article and examples will spark some ideas for library media center use, I'm sure!